SaWa4Uganda National Program, Uganda

Project Info

Client Refugee settlements, Yumbe District, Northern Uganda
Skills C IDI/C aritas Denmark / Care Denmark

Project Description

Refugee settlements, Yumbe Distrcit, Northern Uganda.

CIDI/Caritas Denmark/Care Denmark

November 2019 – August 2021


Current statistics indicate there are 286,859 refugees and asylum seekers now living in the Bidibidi Refugee Settlement while the Kyangwali settlement has about 125,039 people, in total 42,428 households. People living in the settlements are lacking access to safe water sources and therefore vulnerable to waterborne diseases. This has a serious impact on the living conditions and health of especially women and children, who constitute 81% of the settlements’ total population.


4Life Solutions in partnership with CIDI and Caritas Denmark is implementing a Sustainable Model for Safe Water Access Project in the refugee settlements. SaWa’s unique purification method will provide the inhabitants with access to sustainable, safe, and affordable drinking water. The project will distribute 15,000 SaWa Bags at a subsidised price of 0.5 USD in the Kyangwali settlement and further distribute 15,000 SaWa Bags for free to persons of concern in the selected zones/villages in the Bidibidi settlement.

The project partners have entered into a collaboration with CARE Denmark who wish to create the first sustainable refugee settlement in the world. CARE Denmark will collect used SaWa Bags and upcycle them into useful products such as building materials. The project’s SaWa Bags will thus become a part of the settlement’s circular economy adding value, not waste.


The project provided the inhabitants with safe drinking water. The project further delivered on multiple United Nations SDGs, among others:

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